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syncope

Noun

1 a spontaneous loss of consciousness caused by insufficient blood to the brain [syn: faint, swoon, deliquium]
2 (phonology) the loss of sounds in the interior of a word (as in `fo'c'sle' for `forecastle') [syn: syncopation]

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English

Etymology

, from συγκοπη, from συν− + κοπτειν ‘strike, cut off’.

Pronunciation

/'sɪŋkəpi/

Noun

  1. A loss of consciousness when someone faints, a swoon.
    • 1973: the rapidly-whitening face, the miserable fixed smile, meant a syncope within the next few bars. — Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise
  2. A missing sound from the interior of a word, for example by changing cannot to can't or Hawai'i from the root name Hawaiki.
  3. A missed beat or off-beat stress in music resulting in syncopation.

Extensive Definition

Syncope may refer to one of the following:
syncope in Galician: Síncope
syncope in Serbian: Синкопа

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